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Grateful Dead Live at Dream Bowl on 1969-02-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Dream Bowl on 1969-02-21

Topics Live concert

Good Morning Little School Girl, Doin' That Rag, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Morning Dew

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Dream Bowl
Location Vallejo, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR > ? > DAT > CDR > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by The Wizard


Editing and CD mastering by The Wizard -
Most info on this shows a cassette generation or two but this one does not appear to have one...there are no cassette flips at the usual spots! May have another reel generation though. Music was very slow (offspeed recorder somewhere in the history). I increased the speed by 4% and this sounded pretty good. Didn't want to go too far. Used a light continuous noise filter to remove a bit of the tape hiss. Cleaned up a few assorted pops and gliches... There was distortion in Good Morning Little Schoolgirl that could not be improved. All editing done with Diamond Cut Millennium software.


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2013
Subject: --
Apart from a really crappy doin' that rag (sounds like Mickey screaming & cussing at the end & someone screaming back at him), this s excellent.
Reviewer: 25thDerivative - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2012
Subject: The Eleven
Spellbinding, a rendition worthy of the band at their LSD best!
Reviewer: RI Tom - - February 11, 2012
Subject: Phil!?!
Does anyone have any idea what inspired Phil's little outburst at the end of Doin' That Rag?
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2011
Subject: The Eleven - Revisited
After much repeated listening I've decided it trumps the night after - this Eleven is absolutely spellbinding from start to finish. There have been none like it before or since, and I will not argue with those who consider it to be the greatest of all time. The transition into Lovelight is flawless.

The rest of this show is fantastic also. GREAT Dark Star, and a stunning Morning Dew encore.

Be sure to get the Miller version though, it's a significant upgrade!
Reviewer: smokingcratersofthemind - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2011
Subject: The searing truth!
In all moments is the searing truth of life, holistic, all as one together in the explosive noises rampantly dancing through an infinite canvas upon our ears that paints the scene of what all is- all combined as one, holistic, the SEARING TRUTH OF LIFE!... and the Dead come forth with their instruments to dance beyond the stage, bringing with them the intrinsic inner-workings of an eternal dance- the music, through them! 1969 is quite a rush, blurring by with an accuracy unforseen by the Dead throughout the rest of their career... What an epitomizing moment this concert encompasses
Reviewer: PigpenLives - - March 27, 2011
Subject: i sound like a know it all
oh um ah oh said -

"Not the least bit concerned with commercial success, the GRATEFUL DEAD play their hearts out with their classic renditions of our most popular songs from 1969."

The exact opposite is true. The fact is that Warner Brothers recorded this entire tour in an attempt to capture material for Live/Dead, so the band could recoup some of the massive debt incurred when recording Anthem. The effort they put into this tour is aimed at getting good performances for the live album.
Reviewer: the peasant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2010
Subject: Get a grip
Hey, teabag, lighten up. We don't need to know how many shows you saw. I lost count during the same period you saw them. "Sick" is just another way of saying "Insane jamming." After all, the line between genius and insanity is a rather thin one :-)

That said, these are slick, hot, sweet, and yes, sick jams at this bowling alley. The 2nd night is a little better quality. Performance: A. Quality: B. Thanks to those back then (Bear, Matthews, et al.) who taped these gems.
Reviewer: fosb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2010
Subject: Time to get ILL
That is a reference to the Beastie Boys circa 1987.

I was born in 1971 and was not lucky enough to go to a show until 1992, so I missed the best times.

Nonetheless, I can appreciate awesomeness when I hear it. The Dead's sound in 1969 was sublime. They were raw, full of vigor and the exploratory energy of youth. Though it can be argued that technique improves with age, nothing compares to the passion of youth.

So let's all bring back the good times people. It is not too late to go back to the past and learn what we have forgotten or were never taught.

Better learn to duck, cause we are gonna need it to survive in this Orwellian future. There are not enough of us to fight amongst ourselves!

Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2009
Subject: Teabag69
Let me bring you up to speed TeaBag (snicker, snicker).

Saying a show is "sick" means that it is so good it makes you ill! I am sorry you have never heard of this before. You were very lucky to have seen the Dead, but you were just another 2nd generation hippy that didn't see Pigpen or Keith, so that dosen't mean much to me. I love shows from the '82-'86 era, but you weren't seeing the "sick" shows of the 60's and 70's so I wouldn't act like you are some true Deadhead.

Since we're learning things here...did you know "Teabaging" is a slang term that means you like to put your balls in other mens mouths while they sleep? HAHAHA THAT'S YOUR NAME! TEABAGGER! HAHAHA!

Sure, I was born in '85 and I've only seen the Dead and Ratdog, but I have over 600 shows on CD and I probably know more about the history of the Dead than you do. Can you even tell me what amps or effects pedals Garcia used? Don't be a douche Teabagger. It dosen't even really matter how much you know, just how much you love the Dead. You need to chill out Teabagger! Like when I think of "true" Deadhead I think of a guy dressed in a Hessian Revolutionary War uniform dancing in Golden Gate Park in 1967. Or maybe someone who attended Watkins Glen, Winterland shows from '69, or the Euro Tour of '72. Not you Teabagger. Keep your balls out of people's mouths!
Reviewer: AUGUST-WEST420 - - August 27, 2009
Subject: "True Deadheads"????
Mr. ballbag69,or whatever the fuck your name is,you really need to give up your "hartful" shit! :) Excuse me,but was that a typo or is that some kind of extra special "true" deadhead slang? What is a "TRUE DEADHEAD"? Please enlighten me!?!?!A "true" head would never speak of a young person the way that you did! Did the heads whom had been on tour since the 60's give you shit in the 80's? If they did it's not because of your dialect.It's because your an arrogant ass! If your "scene" is full of people like you,then take it to the nursing home with you,and just remember when your getting your diaper changed by some big gay orderly..."THAT PATH IS FOR YOUR STEPS ALONE" :) :) :)
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" February 21, 1969 at the Dream Bowl, Vallejo, CA, U.S.A.


Classic 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD.

Not the least bit concerned with commercial success, the GRATEFUL DEAD play their hearts out with their classic renditions of our most popular songs from 1969.

Original "Dark Star" arrangement, 1969 classic sound.

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

For easy streaming or downloading use RealPlayer. Click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1969.

PS: Remember to click on the "Deadlists Project" link to download the poster for this show.
Reviewer: kevo548 - - May 16, 2009
Subject: Lol @ teabag69
True deadheads? The boys would probably be disgusted by your attitude. Do you think your better than others because you went on "tour" and were part of the "scene"

Your type is exactly what's wrong with the "scene" and why it is pretty much dead.
Reviewer: tree-ap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2009
Subject: Wow!
...I guess that's all I can really say about this show. But I'll try anyway. Schoolgirl blew me away! DS is as good as it gets during '69 > St. Stephen which is a phenom. The Eleven---UNBELIEVEABLE!!!
Pipgpen at his finest on Lovelight. Morning Dew---amazing cresendo at the end.
Reviewer: Phatty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2008
Subject: SICK SHOW!
This show SICK SICK SICK! The Dark Star is very "tasty" The St Stephen is "totally radical" The Eleven is "on the money" "fer shure, fer shure" Jerry is totally "ragin'"

and on and on. People of all types use descriptive adjectives to imply different things. Like the word "BADASS" back in the 80's when you were on tour BADASS was one of those words. As in BADASS show--the show had no real badasses (besides the Hells Angels) but badass describes something that was extraordinary. Remember ever hearing the words "Cats Pajamas" or "Bee's Knees"? I would not say that anymore yet it was in total fashion when our parents were kicking around. There are plenty of words that we will not understand that our kids and their friends will kick at us that will go over our heads.

SICK is a completely on the money adjective in my opinion to describe this set. SICK!!!

Dude, don't bag on people because you don't understand them or call them gay. NOT COOL. You should know that by now. You should have learned that somewhere on the road (to unlimited devotion) back during those 118 shows.

Reviewer: TeaBag69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2008
Subject: Please Clarify
What's the deal with these kids saying"sick" all the time? "Sick show", "sick quality"....what on earth are you talking about !? Does that mean you like it or harted it? Us deadheads - who actually saw the band - don;t use gay words like that. I never once heard anyone use the word "sick" in all of my 118 shows and several complete tours I did beteween '82-'86.

Please help out us true deadheads kids, save the slang for the Pearl Jam forum, this is the Grateful Dead. There is a big difference. Very big.

I have had most of '69 on tape for years and I recommend both Vallejo shows highly. As othjers have said this is one of the very hot Eleven's of all-time.
Reviewer: Street Pig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2006
Subject: The Eleven
It goes on and on, Jer surpassess the limits of the mind!
Reviewer: beb252 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2006
Subject: the 11: best ever
wow! this one melts in your mind. I've loved this 11 since I first heard it. While the set is considerably shorter than the other Dream Bowl show, this show is actually a little better played.
Reviewer: shanebrant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2005
Subject: St. Stephen
St. Stephen is worth downloading, only song I listened to so far and I was blown away! Awesome sound quality for 69' as well.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2004
Subject: sick
sick show...sick quality!! nuff said---get it now! 69 was a great year for the dead.....the best? i don't remember the faint high frequency sound during you hear it ? ew--after checking is heard throughout the shizzow-----damnit
Reviewer: bootleg43 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2004
Subject: Yet Another Superior 69
As we all know by now, a 69 with The Dead is unlike any other 69 you'll ever experience. This is yet another raging 69 with all the typical fare they were playing those days. The "problem" being that "typical" actually equals stellar. This tape came out back in the 90s along with the Avalon shows from April and the Aqua Theatre show from August. I got the cassettes all together in one trade of brand new recently surfaced stuff labelled "Not For Trade"... you know... secret stuff wasn't supposed to get out or about don't give to anyone else type of thing... This is better quality. Phil calls someone "you motherfucker" at the end of Doin That Rag and continues yelling at him into Dark Star. If it is crystal clear raging 69 Dead you seek then this tape is for you.
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